The York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office was unanimously chosen to receive their fifth re-accreditation award from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission at its quarterly meeting on October 8, 2019 in Charlottesville at the Annual Training Conference. The Sheriff's Office achieved their initial accreditation in October of 2003 and was re-accredited in 2007, 2011, 2015 and again in 2019.
Accredited agencies are required to be re-accredited every four years to maintain this certification. Members of the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission include active Chiefs and Sheriffs appointed by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and Virginia Sheriff's Association, with support services provided by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.
The Sheriff’s Office Accreditation falls under the Administrative Services Division headed by Captain Jeff Kerr as the Accreditation Manager and civilian employee Sandy Turbeville serving as the Accreditation Coordinator.
The accreditation team consisted of:
- Lead Assessor Captain Chris Hawkins, Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office
- Ms. Laura Shelton, Woodstock, VA Police Department
- Ms. Jimmie White, Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office
Areas of Evaluation
The assessment team evaluated the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office on 191 individual standards in four categories:
The Accreditation Team participated in a static display of Sheriff’s Office equipment and vehicles as well as interviews with members of the Sheriff’s Office and members of the Sheriff’s Office Specialty Teams, conducted a ride along with a uniform patrol deputy and an extensive inspection of the property and evidence room to include the random pulling of a percentage of the evidence in the Sheriff’s Office control. This was followed by and inspection of all Sheriff’s Office Policies and Procedures and inspection of 4 years of documented proofs of compliance of each of the 191 standards. In the final report submitted to the Virginia Law Enforcement Standards Commission, the team was clearly impressed with the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office. The report specifically referred to Sheriff’s Office Property and Evidence custodian and how well the Property and evidence section was organized and the readily available documentation for every item of evidence under the Sheriff’s Office control. The report also stated, "Under the leadership of Sheriff Diggs and his staff, the office is a professional, progressive, transparent organization that accomplishes its mission with pride."
The Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission commended Sheriff J.D. "Danny" Diggs for his commitment to the community and citizens of York County and the City of Poquoson, and stated that this assessment was 100% compliant with all standards as set forth by the commission.
Sheriff Diggs would like to thank his staff for their commitment to the accreditation process and, more especially, Sandy Turbeville. Sandy as the Accreditation Coordinator, has been involved in the accreditation process for the last ten years and is an integral part of this process by compiling the documented proofs of compliance and preparing the accreditation files that are inspected.